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African Political Economy

The LSE African Political Economy Group exists to provide research-focused interaction around issues of African politics, and to encourage engagement between the LSE and top international scholars in African politics.

Our regular seminars are a forum for members to present working papers, and for a discussion of new research in the field. These seminars are open to all faculty, fellows, and PhD students working on issues of African politics, or related development or political economy issues. The group also jointly hosts a yearly Working Group on African Political Economy, which is an all-day conference for the discussion of ongoing research in African politics and political economy by UK and EU scholars.

Organisers: Sarah Brierley (GV) and George Ofosu (GV) 

Seminars of the African Political Economy Group will be held on Tuesdays in CBG 4.17 for members of the LSE community and also available online via zoom for external guests in Michaelmas Term. Members will receive access details in advance of meetings. The schedule for the Lent Term will be confirmed later. 

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Upcoming events

Michaelmas Term

  • Tuesday 12 October 2021, 12:30-2:00pm
    Joachim Wehner - (Dis)Enfranchisement in South Africa (with Daniel de Kadt)

    Ryan Jablonski - Gaps in politician knowledge explain inequalities in public spending: Results from an experiment with elected politicians in Malawi
  • Tuesday 26 October 2021, 12:30-2:00pm
    Isaac Haruna - Governing Africa's Artisanal and Small-scale Miners: The role of the Ghanain and Tanzanian States 
  • Tuesday 9 November 2021, 3:00-4:30pm (online only)
    Anne Meng - Power Sharing and Authoritarian Stability: Evidence from Rebel Regimes 
  • Tuesday 30 November 2021, 12:30-2:00pm 
    Peace Medie - Conflict and the Status of Women Chiefs in Liberia

Past Events

16 October 2019, 5:00-7:00pm
McDonald Lewanika & Yuezhou Yang, LSE

30 October 2019, 4:00-6:00pm
Darin Christensen, UCLA, Luskin School

13 November 2019, 5:00-7:00pm
Jonathan Weigel, LSE

27 November 2019, 4:00-6:00pm
Mai Hassan, University of Michigan 

5 February 2020, 5:00-7:00pm
George Ofosu, LSE

19 February 2020, 4:00-6:00pm
Makena Micheni & Carolin Dieterle, LSE

4 March 2020, 5:00-7:00pm
Sarah Brierley, LSE